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Concussion starring Will Smith set for Christmas release

14 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety and numerous other sources are today reporting that Will Smith-starrer Concussion will make its bow in the Us on Christmas Day this year, putting it in the mix for the yearly awards season.

Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who fought to bring awareness of football-related brain traumas, as well as challenges political, cultural and corporate issues surrounding the health issues.

Peter Landesman (Parkland) writes and directs the film, which also stars Gugu Mnatha-Raw (Belle), Alec Baldwin (Mission: Impossible 5), Paul Reiser (Whiplash), David Morse (The Rock), Albert Brooks (A Most Violent Year) and Luke Wilson (The Skeleton Twins). Ridley Scott (Exodus: Gods and Kings) is one of the film’s producers.

Concussion’s Christmas Day release will see it up against Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, and David O. Russell’s Joy, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Will Smith’s Concussion Will Come On Christmas Day

19 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When you are gathered around the Christmas tree, or exchanging presents with your loved ones, or enjoying It’s A Wonderful Life on constant repeat, you know that at some point you begin thinking: “You know what this Christmas needs? More concussions.” That’s what Sony Pictures is banking on, at any rate, as they nab a December 25, 2015 release date for the Will Smith football movie Concussion.

While I joke, Concussion is actually a serious film about the doctor who discovered the degree of trauma to the head caused by playing professional football, blowing the whistle and causing quite a few headaches across the NFL. Will Smith plays the doctor, Bennet Omalu, who discovered Cte (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in the brains of two NFL players who committed suicide. The film also stars Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Paul Reiser and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, along with Luke Wilson as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Will Smith's NFL drama Concussion sets release date

28 January 2015 10:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Will Smith's NFL drama Concussion has set a holiday release date.

Sony Pictures will release Concussion in Us cinemas on Christmas Day (December 25).

Smith stars in the Peter Landesman-directed sports drama as a neuropathologist who discovers degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte) in the brains of two ex-nfl players who committed suicide.

Concussion examines the ways the NFL allegedly mishandled treatment of ex-players who developed neurological diseases.

Albert Brooks also appears in the movie as noted forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht.

Concussion is based on Jeanne Marie Laskas's groundbreaking GQ article Game Brain.

Luke Wilson, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse and Paul Reiser have supporting roles in the upcoming film. »

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Will Smith's 'Concussion' Gets Christmas Day 2015 Release

28 January 2015 7:44 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Now that Mission: Impossible 5 has safely vacated it's Christmas Day, 2015 release slot, Sony Pictures is quick to fill in the empty space on the calendar with their NFL football drama Concussion. Will Smith stars in the true-life tale, which takes a look at football players and the life-threatening head injuries they often receive on the field. The news is nicely timed for this weekend's Super Bowl. Will we see the first trailer during the big game?

Opening December 25, Concussion is based on Dr. Bennet Omalu's studies. A David vs. Goliath journey, the forensic neuropathologist made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth behind the devastating malady, Omalu's quest humanizes the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports but also by people who challenge the status quo as it exposes the political, »

- MovieWeb

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Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ Drama Set for Christmas Release

27 January 2015 5:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures has dated its Will Smith drama “Concussion” for Christmas Day — a week after the arrival of Disney-Marvel’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Smith porrays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who discovered football-related brain trauma in a player and fought to bring awareness to the public.

Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, David Morse and Albert Brooks also star.

Peter Landesman directs from his own script, based on the GQ article “Game Brain,” written by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

Producers are Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman and Elizabeth Cantillon; executive producers are David Crockett and Michael Schaefer.

Concussion” is the third title to land on Christmas following Paramount’s “Monster Trucks” and Fox’s Jennifer Lawrence-David O. Russell project “Joy.”

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- Dave McNary

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Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ To Hit Theaters Christmas Day

27 January 2015 5:08 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Sony Pictures announced today that it has scheduled the Will Smith drama Concussion for a Christmas Day release. The film is opening at a prime time, not only because of the holiday movie season but also just as the NFL will be preparing for the playoffs. Concussion follows Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth, Omalu, a total outsider to pro football, takes on the sports industry’s status quo. His studies on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte), prompted the NFL to take brain-related injuries seriously. Cte was cited in the suicides of former NFL stars Junior Seau and Dave Duerson. Deadline announced Smith’s attachment to the film back in June.

Written and directed by Peter Landesman (Parkland), Concussion is based on the GQ »

- Anthony D'Alessandro

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Will Smith NFL Drama ‘Concussion’ Sets Release Date

27 January 2015 5:08 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sony’s NFL concussion drama has been titled “Concussion” and has been scheduled for Christmas Day, 2015, the studio announced Tuesday.

Peter Landesman wrote and directed the film which stars Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard and Paul Reiser, with David Morse and Albert Brooks. The factual drama is based in part on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

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The story follows the David-vs.-Goliath journey of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain »

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Michael Keaton remembers Harold Ramis, tackling Shakespeare, Ron Howard's 'Gung Ho'

25 January 2015 7:55 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Santa Monica — Michael Keaton is having the time of his life. Cruising along an awards circuit that has brought him plenty of kudos for his performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" and probably more opportunities to talk about himself than he'd prefer, he seems consistently high on life and not at all phased by the grind. He's not someone who has really sought out this kind of attention and acclaim, often retreating to his ranch in Montana away from the Hollywood fray, but now that he's feeling the love? Let's just say I doubt anyone's having as much fun with all of this than he is. On the eve of this year's Oscar nominations announcement, I met Keaton for coffee and a light lunch at one of his favorite Santa Monica spots to chew on as much of his career and the awards »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Sundance: ‘Mistress America’ Continues Winning Streak for Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig

25 January 2015 2:53 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Film strikes a rare and welcome balance between screwball comedy and touching emotion

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig have been a match made in indie-film heaven since “Greenberg” in 2010, and the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “Mistress America” this weekend showed the two fully in sync once more.

By turns wacky, amusing and touching, the new film isn’t as focused as “Frances Ha,” the last film directed by Baumbach, starring Gerwig and co-written by both. But the Fox Searchlight project is one of the delights of this year’s festival, and one of the most satisfying, sure-handed and touching »

- Steve Pond

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Second Opinion – A Most Violent Year (2014)

25 January 2015 7:01 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Most Violent Year, 2014.

Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor.

Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Ashley Williams, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Elyes Gabel and Albert Brooks.

Synopsis:

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.

Watching A Most Violent Year I couldn’t help but think of some of the truly great artists from 1970’s American cinema. Men such as Sidney Lumet, Martin Scorsese, William Friedkin, Al Pacino, Gordon Willis and Vilmos Zsigmond were instrumental in the films I grew up watching as ‘serious’ movies once I was aware of film making as an art form and not just as spectacle. The fact that I’m opening this review by mentioning these legendary artists tells you all you need to know about how I strong I feel about director J.C. Chandor’s third film. »

- Gary Collinson

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A Most Violent Year Review

25 January 2015 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: J.C. Chandor

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino, Peter Gerety, Jerry Adler, Annie Funke

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 125 minutes

Synopsis: During the cold winter of 1981, an honourable and ambitious immigrant is forced to fight and protect his business and family from the corruption and unscrupulousness sweeping New York City.

 

Margin Call’s J.C Chandor continues to prove how masterful he is at balancing understated boldness with restrained menace in his latest film A Most Violent Year. The film’s metaphoric contradictions will have you transfixed from the get go: attentively attuned to the thrilling, fast-paced action one second and then… Bam! You’re frustrated beyond belief because the pace of this gripping film is so sluggishly steady it’ll have you begging the screen ‘C’mon – give me something’! It’s The Godfather in warm yellow tones, but not. It’s about principled capitalism, »

- Sacha Hall

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A Most Violent Year review: Oscar Isaac in brooding crime drama

23 January 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Jc Chandor; Screenwriter: Jc Chandor; Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks; Running time: 125 mins; Certificate: 15

It's often the case that period stories can tell us more about our current society than those set in the present day. In his first non-contemporary script, writer-director Jc Chandor probes at urgent ideas about gun control and proportional response within the framework of a brooding, meticulous crime drama.

In the grim winter of 1981, statistically one of the most crime-ridden years in New York's chequered history, principled oil entrepreneur Abel (Oscar Isaac) is trying to forge a righteous path amidst the chaos. His oil trucks are being hijacked at gunpoint, attracting the kind of attention he doesn't need from the district attorney (David Oyelowo), and he's on the brink of losing a crucial real estate deal thanks to his snowballing misfortune.

The idea of man wrestling with forces beyond his control is common throughout Chandor's work, »

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Movie Review – A Most Violent Year (2014)

22 January 2015 12:03 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Most Violent Year, 2014.

Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor.

Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Ashley Williams, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Elyes Gabel and Albert Brooks.

Synopsis:

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.

How far do you go to chase your American Dream while all around you is being torn asunder in the most violent year in the history of the greatest city in the world? For Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis), an immigrant who has worked his hands to the bone to become the city’s premium purveyor of oil, he will go as far as being decent and upstanding will take him. Along with his wife Anna (Jessica Chastain, Interstellar), they have worked their way to the top, but despite Abel’s best intentions of keeping his business clean, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Win A Run-Of-Engagement Pass To See A Most Violent Year in St. Louis

19 January 2015 10:48 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Opening in St. Louis on January 30th, Wamg is giving away Run-Of-Engagement passes to see A Most Violent Year.

A Most Violent Year is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. From acclaimed writer/director J.C. Chandor, and starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), this gripping story plays out within a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a city in decay.

J.C. Chandor’s third feature examines one immigrant’s determined climb up a morally crooked ladder, where simmering rivalries and unprovoked attacks threaten his business, family, and – above all – his own unwavering belief in the righteousness of his path. With A Most Violent Year, Chandor journeys in a bold new direction, toward the place where best intentions yield to raw instinct, and »

- Movie Geeks

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Film Review: Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac Endure ‘A Most Violent Year’

17 January 2015 7:25 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The effect of violence, centering on the roughest statistical year for it (1981) in New York City history, becomes a flashpoint for the way business has always been done. If someone isn’t intimidating their competitor with lawyers or shady marketing practices, a few hired goons can do the trick. Oscar Isaac takes the beating, both real and metaphorical, in writer/director J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year.”

Rating: 3.5/5.0

This is a slow but decent allegory that doesn’t really come to any stark conclusions about New York City’s propensity for strong-arm competitive practices, except to say it’s business as usual. Oscar Isaac is shown to be one tough hombre, and is backed up by his moll – portrayed by Jessica Chastain with an in-and-out New York accent – and the film does have a vibe like “The Godfather,” in a sense that America’s wealth was built on survival of the fittest, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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A Star Is Born in A Most Violent Year

2 January 2015 10:14 AM, PST | newser.com | See recent newser news »

A Most Violent Year is setting the bar high for movies in 2015. The flick, set in crime-riddled New York City in 1981 and starring Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac, and Albert Brooks, has a 91% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they're saying: Portraying a heating-oil dealer facing a criminal investigation, Isaac "recalls, without mimicry, the young Al Pacino," Joe Morgenstern writes at the Wall Street Journal . Director Jc Chandor "gives Mr. Isaac everything he needs for a tour de force performance, and the actor makes the most of what he gets." The film itself is "ambitious, »

- Arden Dier

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Oscar Isaac & Jessica Chastain’s ‘A Most Violent Year’ Leads Specialty Openers: Preview

1 January 2015 9:10 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

A24’s A Most Violent Year will dominate the Specialty Box Office New Year’s weekend. The feature began as director J.C. Chandor was releasing his previous feature, All Is Lost. A Most Violent Year will begin its limited run in the New Year, but the title will have a wide release by the end of the month. Also opening this weekend is IFC Films’ doc The Search For General Tso, which has its roots from a New York Times Best Seller. Well Go USA will bow China’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain in exclusive engagements. The title opened number one at home when it rolled out ahead of Christmas. And Magnolia’s genre label, Magnet, will open Spanish thriller [Rec] 4: Apocalypse in five locations January 2. the title is already available via ultra-vod.

A Most Violent Year

Director-writer: J.C. Chandor

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, »

- Brian Brooks

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